A Hard Man
“Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow’” (Luke 19.20-21 NIV).
Jesus loved using parables when He spoke to the people. Parables are a form of fiction that relay a spiritual truth in a relevant way. God’s Truths are holy and spiritual and we humans may have difficulty understanding them, which is why Jesus spoke these Truths in metaphors that we can appreciate. One such parable is “The Parable of the Minas” found in Luke. A nobleman representing God is leaving His country for a time, so He gives one mina (a form of money) to ten of His servants, telling them to “do business” until He comes back. One servant earns ten minas with the one he was given. Another servant earns five minas with the one he was given. The third, though, earns nothing—instead keeping his mina hidden in a handkerchief. How did he excuse his inactivity? He blamed it on the nobleman, declaring that the nobleman was hard and dishonest. But this servant’s excuse did not hold. If the servant believed that the nobleman was hard, he would have at least put the mina in the bank to gain interest. The main culprit of this servant’s inactivity is laziness. He did not want to do the business that his Master asked of him. Many people want to blame God for their inactivity, declaring that God is mean and hard. But how can this be? God is the embodiment of love. God is good to His children. God gave His Son, Jesus, so He could have a relationship with us and never have to forsake us even in our sinful state. The people who declare God as wicked truly have no clue of the character of God. They speak out their ignorance believing that it will excuse their laziness, but it will not. They will be judged by their own words (Matthew 12.37).
“God is love. Therefore love. Without distinction, without calculation, without procrastination, love.” – Henry Drummond